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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Oct 11, 2005 9:30pm
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Why artists should be using Ogg Vorbis

Hi TP, interesting article! I removed the redundant copy of this post from the "etree" forum, since the mission of the Live Music Archive collection is farther beyond lossy formats, to lossless. Ogg files are not even accepted for uploads in that collection (though they are often automatically generated onsite from the parent uploads).

A more appropriate article for that collection would be one arguing the merits of flac over shn. ;)

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Poster: take pills Date: Oct 12, 2005 4:58am
Forum: opensource_audio Subject: Re: Why artists should be using Ogg Vorbis/FLACS and open source software

cool, thanks. Here's things already written about flacs on the archive forums but it looks like you guys are pretty well rehearsed. NICE!
here is a snippent from

The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing.

We in the open source community have learned that this rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see the source and everybody else must blindly use an opaque block of bits.

Open Source Initiative exists to make this case to the commercial world.

Open source software is an idea whose time has finally come. For twenty years it has been building momentum in the technical cultures that built the Internet and the World Wide Web. Now it's breaking out into the commercial world, and that's changing all the rules. Are you ready?

and next FLAC
here is the FLAC homepage

----------- what is FLAC?
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file.

FLAC is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Windows, "unix" (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OS X, IRIX), BeOS, OS/2, and Amiga. There are build systems for autotools, MSVC, Watcom C, and Project Builder

See the features page for a complete list of features, or the comparison page to see how FLAC compares with other lossless codecs.

The FLAC project consists of:

* the stream format
* reference encoders and decoders in library form
* flac, a command-line program to encode and decode FLAC files
* metaflac, a command-line metadata editor for FLAC files
* input plugins for various music players

When we say that FLAC is "Free" it means more than just that it is available at no cost. It means that the specification of the format is fully open to the public to be used for any purpose (the FLAC project reserves the right to set the FLAC specification and certify compliance), and that neither the FLAC format nor any of the implemented encoding/decoding methods are covered by any known patent. It also means that all the source code is available under open-source licenses. It is the first truly open and free lossless audio format. (For more information, see the license page.)